Words by Brinsley Chidavaenzi
For the vast world, escape is a necessary force in opposition of the rigidness of day to day living. Escape is where another world of possibility lives. Escape becomes imagination, escape can be physical, spiritual, and psychological. Escape has run and will continue to run an endless marathon for the pure fact of how interlinked it is to the human experience.
Art and escapism go hand in hand and play off of each other for a fun cocktail. In thus lies how attachments and relationships can be made with pieces of art. Attachments are formed which are ever-loving and change over time whilst the art itself remains static and locked in time. The unique synergy of lived experiences. Wanting to seek specific experiences matched with a taste being met, which is being reflected artistically can create resonance. Resonance that can feel like you and me, or you and a crowd of people singing the same words back or a room admiring talent. It’s easy to place people on dangerously high pedestals because of talent or what someone’s art may mean to somebody or what someone’s art may have helped someone realise/achieve/heal.
When truly you don’t know them, just their art. The value is in our hands, how we feel.
The hierarchy of placing people who possess talent, hard work or have made incredible art above other people in different professions or choose to live differently is dangerous because it removes people’s ability to be seen as human. As well as a fully fledged individual that’s more then what they create. When humanity gets removed that leads to a dangerous path that usually doesn’t end well even if it’s through the prospect of admiration. Distance is a powerful cloak that makes you want to fill in the gaps on how the source maker’s are without ever really knowing what’s concrete. The classic saying ‘absence makes the heart grows fonder’ can be taken to an extreme conclusion with the pedestal.
This isn’t a call to be a hardwired cynic and not be a fan of anything or to be unhopeful about how people reward talent. But rather to examine how highly you think about people you don’t know and to place that same high regard to what’s nearest to you and recognise our similarities and strengths as individuals and as a larger collective. If you want to idealise, idealise and praise the people around you and your community who are doing good in their lives to themselves, their peers and so forth. Those people hold the same value as your favourite artists, creatives, photographers e.t.c just only in completely different fields (and potentially your value systems.) Seeing yourself in a lesser light than another person because ‘they made it’. is disheartening to say the least.
We’re all here with a limited time under our hands and if we’re lucky we can stay imprinted beyond our time. By the memories we have with the ones around us locally, regionally and even globally and legacy via our principles, contributions and character. But even all of that is susceptible of being forgotten just has people before us have been. In a world that’s smaller than ever, tragedy and collapse across the board and the livelihood of danger being omnipresent every 24 hours, hope is an important force because it often preludes faith and belief. Giving people things they can believe in especially during their pivotal years in life can help strengthen their faith in themselves. Because of possibility they’re seeing. A possibility that they believe in. We’re all just people. And it’s important to remember that no matter who we are.